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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

My students gave to me...

-10 °F

As we wrap up this Christmas season, I just wanted to share this really great photo that some of my students made. I was teaching them a photography technique called painting with light and two of the students came up with this design using and LED lamp and my iphone.

This wasn't really a photography class, it was an English activity class, but the power (and heat) had been out all day and the class starts at 4:25, which is a little after the sun sets here. Without much light, and no electricity, the idea was to get them to use English to communicate with each other to create an image. It turned out pretty nice, so I thought I'd share it with you all.


Once again, Merry Christmas & let your light shine!

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

I bought myself a little something.

sunny -11 °F


The world has gotten this much smaller. For a small purchase of 79 Yuan (that's about $12), Amazon China will deliver to your door. It's opened up a whole new world of food opportunities. It's a little bit surprising which foods can be bought in China.

Shopping on Amazon.cn is almost exactly like shopping on Amazon.com, and Google Translate works really well on Chinese, so I tried a sample purchase just to see if it would work. So now I have some pretzel bites, Cheezy Doritos and some other snacks for the long winter months.

It is really, really nice to be able to buy Cheezy Doritos online, but I also feel like being able to buy some of these things that I thought I would NEVER have in China makes me a little sad that I'm moving past the "just getting by" stage into the "I know how this works" stage. It may be more comfortable, but perhaps a little less thrilling.

I'll contemplate that while I'm munching on my microwave popcorn.

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas

You thought I was going to give up, huh?

sunny -15 °F

Well, this one's not really a gift, I guess. Our team technically EARNED this award for our skit in the annual new years eve banquet.


But you can be sure, the next time I'm applying for an honorary job, I will be listing all of my honorary credentials.

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On the Ninth day of Christmas

Oh, you thought we were done?

sunny -5 °F

Today is my birthday (at least it is in China). Somehow the students found out and my morning class presented me with a birthday cake made of Chinese Choco Pies and 3+2. 3+2 as you can see are 3 soda crackers filled with 2 layers of frosting. May sound strange, but it's one of the favorites here. And for the non-Koreans, Choco Pies are like moon pies but more dry.


Then later in the day, I was surprised by my coworkers with a "tiramisu" cake and a candle lit birthday song. It looks like tiramisu, but it tasted just like a kind of cream cheesy cake. Delicious, but nothing like tiramisu.



It was a really nice way to end the week!

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas

sunny -15 °F

There's not much coal in the stores here, so Santa has to improvise. How about some Durian cakes?



Everybody's favorite "love to hate" fruit is now available in nicely packaged individual sized patties with a nice pastry crust. While I still maintain that the grossness of the flavor and smell are highly exaggerated, it isn't exactly the most craveable fruit on the planet. So, for the naughty out there in bitter-cold Harbin, Santa will have a nice smelly surprise for your stockings.

BTW, I would have opened the package to get some better pictures of the patties, but my office wouldn't approve.

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